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NNS – Natural North’South

Trip Includes:

  • 13 breakfasts, 7 lunches , 4 dinners
  • 13 nights accommodation in exquisite lodges and luxury small hotels
  • Milford Sound cruise
  • Personal, experienced & knowledgeable local licensed guides
  • The incredible scenery of the New Zealand’s North & South Islands
  • Guided walks and excursions to experience the diverse landscapes
  • Pristine National Parks of New Zealand
  • The incredibly beautiful Coromandel Peninsula
  • Rotorua – thermal centre
  • Christchurch – the Garden City
  • South-West New Zealand, a World Heritage Area
  • Seasonal sightings of the Fiordland Crested Penguin
  • Picnic morning & afternoon teas with delicious NZ cookies
  • Travel by minicoach
  • Airport transfer at Queenstown

Not included:

  • Airfares, Meals (other than those listed)
  • Items of a personal nature, optional activities

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Description

New Zealand Guided Tours – Natural North’South

North South Map

Canterbury Trails with our North Island sister company offers a personally guided 14-Day Tour of New Zealand highlights. There are no scheduled departures from Auckland, rather than restrict you to a timetable we will work with you and your travel dates. This tour will operate with a minimum of two persons. Beginning with an exploration of the Coromandel, Bay of Plenty and Rotorua in the North Island, you then fly to Christchurch for a 2-night stay before continuing on a 9-day Wilderness South Expedition.

Travel New Zealand with your North and South Island guides to experience the natural wonders and heritage of this diverse and magical land. Meet local people, walk along deserted beaches and through ancient rain forests, view Pacific Island glaciers and experience the stillness in magnificent Milford Sound. Visit national parks, walk on the beaches that Captain Cook strode on and visit the South-West New Zealand World Heritage Area. With our North Island sister company you will discover the Bay of Plenty, Coromandel Peninsula and Rotorua, before you join Canterbury Trails to explore Arthur’s Pass National Park, Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers, Lake Moeraki, Queenstown and Milford Sound. “

Both Canterbury Trails and our North Island sister company are regarded as two of NZ’s foremost guiding companies. They are naturally proud of their reputation for being friendly, informative, fun and will provide a memorable experience of travel in New Zealand for their guests. We will guide you properly so that your adventure unfolds at your pace.

Please note that the ‘Natural’North South New Zealand’ can be done as a private tour or become the basis of a tailor made tour for you or your group.

Itinerary

Day 1  “Auckland to Coromandel Peninsula”

Experience wonderful scenery and the seabird coast to the old gold town of Thames. View spectacular volcanic peaks clad in semi tropical rainforest with giant ancient Kauri trees.

Accommodation: Puka Park Lodge or similar
Included meals: L

Day 2 “Glowworms, treeferns, beaches & fun!”

Enjoy the highlights of this amazing region – white sand beaches and offshore islands, beautiful jungle like forest, unique flora and fauna, crystal clear streams and glowworms!

Accommodation: Puka Park Lodge or similar
Included meals: B, L

Day 3  “Coastlines, orchards, craters & mud”

From the beauty of the Coromandel we travel through the Bay of Plenty to Rotorua, famous for Maori culture, hot mud pools and geysers. Here your North Island Guide will say farewell.

Accommodation: Quality hotel or B&B
Included meals: B, L

Day 4  “Rotorua to Christchurch”

A free morning to explore Rotorua before flying to Christchurch – the very “English” city.

Rotorua airport is just 10 mins from town for your flight south to Christchurch.

After transferring to your Christchurch accommodation, the time is yours for the rest of the day.

ACCOMMODATION : Quality hotel or deluxe homestay (B).

Day 5 “Christchurch or a Canterbury Trails Day Tour”

Founded by English settlers in 1850, Christchurch became a city by Royal Charter in 1856 which makes it the oldest officially established city in New Zealand.

Located on the east coast of the South Island, Christchurch is a city of contrasts. A place where residents enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle amidst a natural environment. Officially known as the “Garden City”, Christchurch has over 3,000 hectares of parklands which include Hagley Park and the famous Botanic Gardens.

Christchurch has a special relationship with Antarctica. For almost a century, Christchurch has been the stepping-off point for numerous Antarctic activities. The International Antarctic Centre is a working campus and home to Antarctica New Zealand and various other international Antarctic groups. The Visitors’ Centre, which opened in 1992, provides a fun and interactive Antarctic experience for young and old and is just one of many attractions open, as life carries on as normal in Christchurch, after the earthquakes. Others include the Canterbury Museum, the Contemporary Art Gallery, Willowbank and Orana Park

A massive amount of work has gone on since those earthquakes to get Christchurch back up and running. Sadly, however, much of the city centre is still not accessible. Most of the historic buildings (both Cathedrals, Art Centre and Provincial Buildings, Riccarton House and Mona Vale) will be undergoing repair for some time and tourist shopping is better done elsewhere for the time being.

An alternative to exploring Christchurch is to take a day tour with Canterbury Trails into the surrounding area to either picturesque Akaroa, Arthur’s Pass or to Kaikoura for whale watching.

Accommodation: Quality hotel or B&B  |  Included meals: B

Day 6  “Christchurch to the alps”

Travel west across the vast Canterbury Plains and into the mountains. Here in the heart of the “High Country” is the Wilderness Lodge Arthur’s Pass where you will stay for the first two days of your South Island adventure.

Accommodation: Wilderness Lodge Arthur’s Pass  |  Included meals:   B, AT, D

Day 7 “High country, sheep, valleys & keas”

Discover the real high country where you can explore alpine plants, animals and the mountains. Experience the workings of a sheep station, explore Arthur’s Pass National Park in the heart of the Southern Alps and view the wide braided river system. Walking, mountain biking or relaxing are options available at the lodge.

Accommodation: Wilderness Lodge Arthur’s Pass  |  Included meals: B, MT, L, AT, D

Day 8  “Mountains, moas, pioneers & ice”

Travel through the Arthur’s Pass National Park and cross the pass created as a gold rush link. Great mountain valleys, history and home of the kea – the world’s only alpine parrot. Down the incredible Otira Gorge to the West Coast and “Glacier Country”. Take a walk to view the mighty Franz Josef Glacier.

Accommodation: Franz Josef or Fox Glacier  |  Included meals:   B, MT, AT

Day 9  “Geology, ice age & podocarps”

Depart Franz Josef and travel south to Fox where walks can be taken to explore this incredible glacial area. A tranquil walk can also be made to Lake Matheson, the beautiful lake famous for it’s alpine reflections or to a remote beach for views of the Southern Alps.

Accommodation: Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki  |  Included meals:   B, MT, L, AT, D

Day 10  “Wilderness, wildlife & rainforests”

Magnificent and rugged beaches that are home to the crested penguins and NZ fur seals, untouched lowland rain forests spread between pristine lakes and rivers which drain from the snow capped Southern Alps… this is Lake Moeraki.

Accommodation: Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki  |  Included meals:   B, MT, L, AT, D

Day 11  “Coastline, explorers, tussocks and gold”

Moving on, you will cross the alps over the Haast Pass where the forests give way to golden tussock grasslands. Pass Lakes Hawea and Wanaka, ancient glacial lakes and visit the alpine village of Wanaka. Then it is over the Crown Range to Arrowtown, an old gold-miners’ village and your accommodation where you will stay for the next three nights.

Accommodation: Millbrook Golf Resort and Spa or similar  |  Included meals:   B, MT, AT

Day 12  “Adventure in the mountains”

Choose your own optional adventure – bungy jumping, a backcountry safari, jetboating, kayaking or a cruise on the historic steamship Earnslaw. Perhaps shopping, golf, wineries, an art & craft trail or just relax and take in the beautiful mountain setting.

Accommodation: Millbrook Golf Resort and Spa or similar  |  Included meals:   B

Day 13  “Milford, glacial lakes, alps & fiords”

Travel to magnificent Milford Sound and cruise on the fiord. You will see deeply carved glacial valleys, ancient forests and incredible scenery – truly magnificent.

Accommodation: Millbrook Golf Resort and Spa or similar  |  Included meals:   B, MT, L, AT

Day 14  “Queenstown & farewell”

After breakfast, perhaps relax and indulge in some pampering, last minute shopping or experience that last adventure before it is time for your guide to bid you farewell.

Included meals:   B

Meal codes…

B = Breakfast;
MT = Picnic morning tea;
L = Lunch;
AT = Picnic afternoon tea;
D = Dinner

Itinerary

Day 1  “Auckland to Coromandel Peninsula”

Experience wonderful scenery and the seabird coast to the old gold town of Thames. View spectacular volcanic peaks clad in semi tropical rainforest with giant ancient Kauri trees.

Accommodation: Puka Park Lodge or similar
Included meals: L

Day 2 “Glowworms, treeferns, beaches & fun!”

Enjoy the highlights of this amazing region – white sand beaches and offshore islands, beautiful jungle like forest, unique flora and fauna, crystal clear streams and glowworms!

Accommodation: Puka Park Lodge or similar
Included meals: B, L

Day 3  “Coastlines, orchards, craters & mud”

From the beauty of the Coromandel we travel through the Bay of Plenty to Rotorua, famous for Maori culture, hot mud pools and geysers. Here your Kiwi Dundee Guide will say farewell.

Accommodation: Quality hotel or B&B
Included meals: B, L

Day 4  “Rotorua to Christchurch”

A free morning to explore Rotorua before flying to Christchurch – the very “English” city.

Rotorua airport is just 10 mins from town for your flight south to Christchurch.

After transferring to your Christchurch accommodation, the time is yours for the rest of the day.

ACCOMMODATION : Quality hotel or deluxe homestay (B).

Day 5 “Christchurch or a Canterbury Trails Day Tour”

Founded by English settlers in 1850, Christchurch became a city by Royal Charter in 1856 which makes it the oldest officially established city in New Zealand.

Located on the east coast of the South Island, Christchurch is a city of contrasts. A place where residents enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle amidst a natural environment. Officially known as the “Garden City”, Christchurch has over 3,000 hectares of parklands which include Hagley Park and the famous Botanic Gardens.

Christchurch has a special relationship with Antarctica. For almost a century, Christchurch has been the stepping-off point for numerous Antarctic activities. The International Antarctic Centre is a working campus and home to Antarctica New Zealand and various other international Antarctic groups. The Visitors’ Centre, which opened in 1992, provides a fun and interactive Antarctic experience for young and old and is just one of many attractions open, as life carries on as normal in Christchurch, after the earthquakes. Others include the Canterbury Museum, the Contemporary Art Gallery, Willowbank and Orana Park

A massive amount of work has gone on since those earthquakes to get Christchurch back up and running. Sadly, however, much of the city centre is still not accessible. Most of the historic buildings (both Cathedrals, Art Centre and Provincial Buildings, Riccarton House and Mona Vale) will be undergoing repair for some time and tourist shopping is better done elsewhere for the time being.

An alternative to exploring Christchurch is to take a day tour with Canterbury Trails into the surrounding area to either picturesque Akaroa, Arthur’s Pass or to Kaikoura for whale watching.

Accommodation: Quality hotel or B&B  |  Included meals: B

Day 6  “Christchurch to the alps”

Travel west across the vast Canterbury Plains and into the mountains. Here in the heart of the “High Country” is the Wilderness Lodge Arthur’s Pass where you will stay for the first two days of your South Island adventure.

Accommodation: Wilderness Lodge Arthur’s Pass  |  Included meals:   B, AT, D

Day 7 “High country, sheep, valleys & keas”

Discover the real high country where you can explore alpine plants, animals and the mountains. Experience the workings of a sheep station, explore Arthur’s Pass National Park in the heart of the Southern Alps and view the wide braided river system. Walking, mountain biking or relaxing are options available at the lodge.

Accommodation: Wilderness Lodge Arthur’s Pass  |  Included meals: B, MT, L, AT, D

Day 8  “Mountains, moas, pioneers & ice”

Travel through the Arthur’s Pass National Park and cross the pass created as a gold rush link. Great mountain valleys, history and home of the kea – the world’s only alpine parrot. Down the incredible Otira Gorge to the West Coast and “Glacier Country”. Take a walk to view the mighty Franz Josef Glacier.

Accommodation: Franz Josef or Fox Glacier  |  Included meals:   B, MT, AT

Day 9  “Geology, ice age & podocarps”

Depart Franz Josef and travel south to Fox where walks can be taken to explore this incredible glacial area. A tranquil walk can also be made to Lake Matheson, the beautiful lake famous for it’s alpine reflections or to a remote beach for views of the Southern Alps.

Accommodation: Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki  |  Included meals:   B, MT, L, AT, D

Day 10  “Wilderness, wildlife & rainforests”

Magnificent and rugged beaches that are home to the crested penguins and NZ fur seals, untouched lowland rain forests spread between pristine lakes and rivers which drain from the snow capped Southern Alps… this is Lake Moeraki.

Accommodation: Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki  |  Included meals:   B, MT, L, AT, D

Day 11  “Coastline, explorers, tussocks and gold”

Moving on, you will cross the alps over the Haast Pass where the forests give way to golden tussock grasslands. Pass Lakes Hawea and Wanaka, ancient glacial lakes and visit the alpine village of Wanaka. Then it is over the Crown Range to Arrowtown, an old gold-miners’ village and your accommodation where you will stay for the next three nights.

Accommodation: Millbrook Golf Resort and Spa or similar  |  Included meals:   B, MT, AT

Day 12  “Adventure in the mountains”

Choose your own optional adventure – bungy jumping, a backcountry safari, jetboating, kayaking or a cruise on the historic steamship Earnslaw. Perhaps shopping, golf, wineries, an art & craft trail or just relax and take in the beautiful mountain setting.

Accommodation: Millbrook Golf Resort and Spa or similar  |  Included meals:   B

Day 13  “Milford, glacial lakes, alps & fiords”

Travel to magnificent Milford Sound and cruise on the fiord. You will see deeply carved glacial valleys, ancient forests and incredible scenery – truly magnificent.

Accommodation: Millbrook Golf Resort and Spa or similar  |  Included meals:   B, MT, L, AT

Day 14  “Queenstown & farewell”

After breakfast, perhaps relax and indulge in some pampering, last minute shopping or experience that last adventure before it is time for your guide to bid you farewell.

Included meals:   B

Meal codes…

B = Breakfast;
MT = Picnic morning tea;
L = Lunch;
AT = Picnic afternoon tea;
D = Dinner

Additional information

What to bring

What should we wear and take on our Day Tour

CLOTHING
Check the weather, dress accordingly and if necessary carry extra appropriate clothing. If you think that the clothing you have with you in New Zealand is inadequate/ unsuitable for your tour let us know, at least, the day before departure, so we can lend you some.

South Island weather is extremely variable. Sudden changes are not uncommon! As we include walks on our tours it is advisable that you wear comfortable clothing suitable for being active and, as you will be in the mountains or on the ocean, a wind proof top is a must. It is advisable to wear layers of clothing that can be added and/or removed. The following is recommended:

wind/shower proof jacket that will keep you dry in a sharp shower
Sweater or jacket suitable for cooler weather, made of material that retains warmth when damp from sweat or drizzle).
hat (type depending on weather)
Guests on hiking tours should have a rainstorm proof jacket.
DAY PACK (or bag you can carry and have both hands free)
sunscreen (high SPF)
sunglasses
water bottle
lip balm
camera with extra card, spare batteries.

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